The Public Debates on Violent Extremism in Sweden: New Concepts and Meanings

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What has previously been referred to as terrorism or ideologically motivated crime in Sweden has recently increasingly been referred to as violence-affirming extremism. The new language use implies an expansion of the focus from actual violence use to including also those groups and ideologies that affirm the use of violence to fulfill political goals. The significant changes in the new language use and the consequences that has come from this change has been widely debated in Sweden. In this article the debate is presented and the possible reasons to why this rather radical change has come about is being analyzed.

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  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages23
JournalTerrorism and Political Violence
Publication statusSubmitted - 2019 Mar 27
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes